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My Way

My Way
Pride vs. Humility

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the spirits. Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established. Proverbs 16:3 (NKJV)

There is a song made popular by Frank Sinatra, titled, My Way.  I think the last lines of the song can sum up our bad choices we tend to make when it says, "The record shows, I took the blows and did it my way."

When I trace back every dumb, hurtful or sinful thing I have ever done, I can see the common denominator of pride as a root cause - I did it my way.  It is those times where I have followed the desires of my own flesh and had done things I was immediately convicted of and eventually brought before God, repented of, and confessed as sin.  Notice the variance of time given between my convictions and my repenting and confessing.  Why is this?  Why not immediately repent and confess upon the conviction of the Holy Spirit?  I find the answer to be pride.

Pride is a horrible thing and it is in every human being.  Pride is what brought Lucifer to slither upon the ground and to depart from God's grace to become the serpent known as Satan.

We see this pride being spoken of often within the Scriptures of the Bible.  Proverbs 16:3 tells us, "All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes," which basically means, as humans, we tend to justify the things we do by the way we view certain things and then we tend to act based off of our views.

Q:    Are we willing to ponder whether or not our ways are the ways God has chosen for us?  And if so, what happens when we independently choose to follow our own ways?

Again, we can turn to God's Word for the answer to this question, as He makes it abundantly clear.

There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 16:25 (NKJV)

It is this independent spirit in us not willing to submit to God's ways that brings about every sin within our lives.  And the result of any sin - regardless of size - is spiritual death; and physical death as well.  

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV)

Adam and Eve ushered in sin to the human race when they pridefully chose to make independent choices to satisfy their own flesh, rather than submitting to the perfect will of God.  The consequences of their sin were they died spiritually, and they then began to die physically.   Furthermore, as a result their choice, we have all been born spiritually dead.  Have you ever thought about the impact of your sin on the lives of others?

Q:    So how can we better make the proper choices when being faced with temptation?

A: By committing our works unto the Lord, knowing He will establish our thoughts (see Prov. 16:3).

We are told within the Book of Colossians, "Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  And, Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men." (Col. 3:17, 23). When we make it a point to commit everything we do as unto God, and not man, we will find ourselves thinking differently, and as a result, acting differently.

I have failed in this commitment, and I have seen many others fail as well.  I can give you 3 reasons why this happens.  

1.    It is when we commit our work superficially.  In other words, we can say we are committing our work unto the Lord, but then turn around and do it our way -  rebuking the guidance of His Word to direct us, or not taking the time to pray every decision through.  

2.    Another thing we often do is we can give God temporary control over our lives, or of a certain situation, only to take it back when we see things we don't like; or things causing us to doubt, to be anxious, or to fear.

3.    Maybe we fully commit to God but we don't do anything ourselves.  In other words, we say, "This is Yours Lord, I am submitting to Your will -  whatever You want to do in my life is fine."  But then we go and sit down doing nothing, and not surprisingly, nothing happens. Then we sit there wondering why we didn't succeed in what we attempted to accomplish, or more importantly, in the things God wanted us to do.

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you to humbly submit to God's will and to "His way" for everything in your life.   Commit your works unto the Lord; seek Him in prayer and in guidance through the reading of His Word.  Become fully dependent upon Him, but keep the balance of being a good worker - giving it your all as if you were doing it for Jesus.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to doing things our way versus God's way?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you seeking the Lord in what you do?  Are you doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus?

APPLICATION: Make a commitment today to do everything as if you were doing it for Jesus.  Seek Him through prayer and the reading of His Word for guidance.  Declare your total dependence upon Him, but work as if it depended on you.

Father, Thank You Father for Your guidance and leading in my life.  Thank You for showing me Your perfect will through Your Word.  Thank You for taking away my anxiety every time I cast my burdens upon You.  Help me to walk the path You have chosen for me today, and show me what it is You want me to do.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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